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Decorating For Halloween

If you’ve walked into any grocery or department store, you’ve no doubt seen the splashes of black and orange and caught the aroma of latex in the air.  Decorating for Halloween can be a fun activity and there are so many directions a person can go.  From scary and horrifying to playful and cartoonish, you’ll find everyone has a unique take on the spooky holiday.  We’ll take you through some of the most common ways people bring Halloween to their homes and also some of the ways people create a more year ’round permanent solution to satisfy their inner ghoul.

PUMPKINS!

There probably isn’t a more iconic symbol of Halloween than the pumpkin.  Native to North America, pumpkins are used in all sorts of recipes for Thanksgiving and typically represent bounty.  But for Halloween, they are carved out to make jack-o’-lanterns.  Make them devilishly frightening or go the more goofy route.  For the more talented and patient, entire works of art have been carved into pumpkins.  Nowadays, you can buy stencils from the store or even download templates online that can be traced right on to the pumpkin.  The PumpkinLady.Com is a great resource.  But don’t be put off by the effort.  You don’t necessarily need to do any carving to create the Halloween vibe.  After all, a carved pumpkin will start to rot after a couple of days.  You can always leave the pumpkin untouched and display them as they are.  An uncarved pumpkin can last anywhere from two to three months.  Check out these cool carved and uncarved displays for inspiration.

decorated pumpkins for halloween including carved, painted and uncarved

SKULLS

An easy way to put a little fright into your Halloween decor is to play on our sense of mortality.  Nothing does that more effectively than seeing a skeleton.  It only takes a skull or two to change the aesthetic from playful to a bit creepy.  If they are properly displayed on your lawn, you can make it appear as if the skeleton is busting it’s way out of the grave.  Some people can DIY these things with paper mache but you’d be better off getting some cheap stuff from the Halloween section of your local party shop.

spooky photo of bat wing potion and skull on a book

GHOSTS

If we’re taking our mortality to the next logical step beyond our bones, then the spirit world would be next.  One of the easiest ways to dress up for Halloween is to toss a white sheet over yourself and you’re an instant ghost.  Similarly, it’s very easy to create some ghosts on your porch or in your home by simply hanging some small white linens.  Cheesecloth is a great options for that transparent effect.  There are a couple of very clever ways to go about this.  One easy method is to use a spherical object, preferably a styrofoam ball and toss some cheesecloth over top.  Then,attach a string to it, either by tape or pin and needle through the cheesecloth.  Then, pin the other end into the ceiling.  Give it a pair of eyes and a mouth but even that isn’t necessary.  Another very clever way to create a ghost is using a white balloon.  Some black permanent marker can be used to create the eyes and mouth.  Then tape some white tissue to the bottom and you’ve got a couple of friendly ghosts flying around.  The DIY Network has a great tutorial on making ghosts.

Ghost Halloween Decoration Hanging From a Tree

CREEPY CREATURES

When you think of creatures that tend to give you the creeps there are probably a few that would instantly come to mind.  Oddly enough, snakes are not a Halloween character but bats and spiders are.  Black cats have also had a reputation of being a bad omen.  However, they are much more revered than feared nowadays.  Bats’ association with Halloween may have something to do with migration habits in the Fall in North America.  But a bat is also associated with one of the forms which popular vampire icon, Dracula can take.  The easiest way to add some bats to your doorway is cutting them out of black construction paper and hanging by a string.  Not much else is needed.  There is no shortage of fake spider webs that you can purchase from any grocery store’s Halloween section.  Grab as much of this and spread it out to heart’s desire.  Spread it over the bushes outside, across windows or span it at the top of your doorways.  It’s always an easy and very effective decoration.  Check out this example of someone using creepy creatures when decorating for Halloween.

Spider Halloween Web Decoration with webs spread across outside brick wall and across bushes

WALLPAPER

What do you do if you’re so into the Halloween aesthetic that just having a day or even a month doesn’t satiate your craving for the macabre.  There are solutions that can turn a room into something that expresses your ongoing gothic tendencies.  Wallpaper has a history that harkens back to the Victorian age which is a popular aesthetic for creating a haunting vibe in the home.  The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland is popular template. But there are modern options too that can create an amazing backdrop when you’re decorating for Halloween all year ’round.  A few of our favourite wallpapers are pictured below.  From the sexy, sophisticated gothic look of Huntington Lace, the dark creepy farmhouse effect of Black Wood Boards or the dramatic impact of Amityvillve, any room can have strong dark overtones and create a canvas for all your furniture and accessories.  If black cats are your thing and you want to be a bit more playful with your decor, Meow would be right up your alley.

Huntington Lace Wallpaper.  White floors and black lace wallpaper with a short black dresser Huntington Lace

Black Wooden Boards Wallpaper.  Wallpaper with black faux timber look with black lamp shade, black lamp stand, black wall clock and black chair and yellow blanketBlack Wooden BoardsAmityville Wallpaper. white Skull wallpaper with a smokey skull in a mirror with a brown chairAmityville

White Wallpaper with Black Cats called Meow from Milton & King.  In front of the wallpaper is a striped tent, letter blocks on the ground a black crochet stool and a black cat. Meow

For more eerie wallpaper designs, check out everything that Milton & King has to offer.

Halloween has it’s history rooted in the meeting of religious and pagan traditions.  Today, it’s largely bereft of any serious connotations.  Now it’s all about the fun.  What will we dress up as?  How will we decorate?  There are no rules when it comes to transforming your porch or your home.  There are definitely some easy options if you’re stuck.  Pumpkins, ghosts, spiders, bats, and skeletons are all easily identified with the holiday when you’re decorating for Halloween.  If you desire to dress up your lair for more than an annual occasion, wallpaper is a great way create a haunting backdrop that any soul would find to suitable to dwell in.

Designer Spotlight

Ayana House: A Project by The Designory.

Ayana House is an immaculately designed family home.  It is finished down to the finest detail. This is just the latest project by The Designory, a Sydney-based design studio with a team of talented designers, draftsmen, decorators and consultants who specialize in end to end transformations of residences, small-scale commercial and hospitality projects.

Ayana House was designed for the Director of The Designory, Melissa Bonney and her family. It was a complete renovation from the front exterior to the backyard pool and everything in between. Walls had to be removed, redefining living spaces both downstairs and upstairs to create a haven that was filled with light and custom-made with signature natural materials and finishes.

The team at The Designory used high end appliances, bespoke joinery, solid walnut, luxe wool carpet, natural stone, sheer linens, plantation shutters and so much more throughout the home. These features helped to create the relaxed tropical vibe that the family was seeking. Upon entering the home, one would find a new stacked stone and timber clad facade. Then there is a custom designed outdoor shower and seating area. The design team did a beautiful job creating a secluded relaxation space.

A second living area was created and crucial for the family of five.  Their teens needed different zones than the toddlers.  But there also needed to be a space for everyone to be together. Separating the front of the house from the rear is a cavity slider. When opened, it reveals a massive open space where the kitchen becomes the main hub. The living areas have skylights and bi-fold and sliding doors allowing for maximum natural light. The backyard has a tropical inspired pool and leafy garden with a built in BBQ.

However, when retreating upstairs where the bedrooms are, it’s all about serenity. The bedrooms are finished with beautiful bespoke joinery, luxurious wool carpets, built-in desks and mini walk-in wardrobes. There is a stunning curved wall featured in the master suite as well as a walk-in wardrobe and a balcony surrounded by palms.

The toddler’s room continues the sense of calm with cool blue colours coming off the Shibori Stripe wallpaper from Milton & King.  The Designory cleverly hung the wallpaper with the stripes vertical rather than horizontal. This creates the illusion of a room with higher ceilings. See a few of the photos from Ayana House below and for more details and photos of this beautiful project by The Designory visit the-designory.com.au/ayana-house

Boys bedroom with Shibori Stripe Wallpaper hung vertically with a basket of stuffed animals and a bookshelf full of childrens' books.
Boys bedroom with Shibori Stripe Wallpaper hung vertically shelving
Personal Stories

Making A Nursery For Baby Remi

We always get excited when we read stories about personal projects people undergo in their homes. It can be such a process to first even know when you want. Second, do you have the budget to implement what’s in your head? Third, do you have the time?  When it finally comes time to put hand to hammer, hopefully you have a good idea about where the process will lead. It can be daunting looking at it from the beginning but it’s oh-so inspiring to see someone work towards a goal. In the end, it’s always worth it. Sometimes, it can turn out even better than imagined.  That was certainly the case with this nursery.

The Project

Robyn Meacham posted about her desire to make a nursery for her 4 month old baby girl, Remi.  Robyn is a young wife and mother of two who is a Los Angeles transplant living in Utah. She frequently posts about her home-life and various projects on her blog TheSweetSimpleLife.com.  Her older daughter never had a nursery growing up in their previous apartment. But now being a homeowner, she wanted to give little Remi a proper space.

Robyn’s describes her direction as wanting something girly and classic.  She also wanted to use items that she could use outside of the nursery down the road when a nursery was no longer needed.  She used other items not pictured here like a basket, pouf and mirror from Target and a Let Love Grow sign from August and April. The crib is from Wayfair.

We particularly love her choice in wallpaper.  Robyn chose the Baby Bloom from the Love Mae Collection at Milton & King.  All it took was one accent wall to bring some beautiful, soft and bright colour to the room.  The design consists of soft, blooming flowers surrounded by delicate leaves.  It’s the perfect colour and design, not only for a nursery, but for any child, particularly a young girl.  This will accomplish Robyn’s goal of being able to use this for baby Remi and eventually for toddler Remi or maybe her older sister, Saylor.

Nursery by The Simple Sweet Life with pink wallpaper called Baby Bloom from Milton & King with a gold painted crib and mother and daughter watching the baby

We think Robyn did a beautiful job creating a happy space to raise a happy baby.  We are sure that so many beautiful moments and memories will be created in this nursery, little girl’s room or whatever it becomes as this beautiful family continues on life’s journey.

Interior Tips

10 of the Best Kids Wallpapers

Choosing a wallpaper for your child’s room is a difficult task, especially when there are so many designs, patterns and color palettes to choose from! Here at Milton & King, we have a large selection of fun and exciting kids wallpapers for your child’s room or family playroom regardless of age, gender or interests.

Wallpapers for your little one’s bedroom is a great choice over paint as it is super easy to clean and can be changed whenever you or your child desire, which is great as they get older and you want to transform the room from a nursery to a kids room, and then a teen bedroom. If you are interested in choosing a particular theme for your child’s bedroom and styling it to match, you can take a read of our recent blog post on 6 of our favorite kids bedroom themes here for a dose of inspiration.

Here are our favorite kids wallpapers:

Bow Ties and Moustaches

We love this super cute and simple wallpaper pattern that is an adorable collage of bow ties and moustaches. This wallpaper can not only be used in a child’s bedroom but also in other rooms around the house, so there are lots of options when it comes to installing and styling this design. This wallpaper is a popular hit with various ages as it is inspired by the hipster trend and isn’t an overwhelming statement with its monochromatic colors.

Best Kid Wallpapers | Milton & King

Floating Feathers

Float away with this gorgeous feather pattern wallpaper. Coming in two colorways – pink or teal – this wallpaper is great for a nursery and won’t age as your child grows up. This soft pattern is a beautiful choice to help calm, soothe and relax a child of any age. This is a great option if you’re in the market for a cute feature wall that is not overbearing.

Best Kid Wallpapers | Milton & King

Tonka Tough

Have a little builder in your family? Then they will love this tonka truck inspired design! A mix of various trucks and excavators, this design is great for the little bulldozer in your life who loves to move the sand around the sandpit and play with building blocks. This design is best for a nursery through to the younger schooling years, and even makes a great feature in the playroom if you have a house full of boys. The bright colors are perfect for a fresh and energetic feel.

Best Kid Wallpapers | Milton & King

Pink Elephants

Who doesn’t love pink elephants? This super girly and adorable design is perfect for a newborn babies bedroom. The soft colors and cutesy pattern are a great feature in any little girls bedroom, and would be gorgeous when styled with pink accessories and some fluffy pillows. This design is one of our hottest wallpapers at the moment, so get on board and make your kids room pretty in pink.

Best Kid Wallpapers | Milton & King

Robots

This robot design is a one of our favorite kids wallpapers simply because of the inclusion of so many fun colors and different types of robots! We love the fun colors and the awesome robots that are featured on this wallpaper and we know your little one will too. This design is super fresh and funky and it will keep your kids entertained for hours on end.

Best Kid Wallpapers | Milton & King

Planes & Helicopters

This white and blue wallpaper is a great choice for any aspiring pilots bedroom. Let your child soar high into dreamland with the cute plane and helicopter illustrations. The simple pattern means that it will be perfect for your growing child and be suitable for various ages, so you won’t need to update the wallpaper for years.

Best Kid Wallpapers | Milton & King

Monkey Wall

What is better for your cheeky monkey than a complimenting cute and fun monkey wallpaper? Available in two colors, your little monkey will love this pattern and the bright hues will bring life and energy into their room. This is another of our popular kids wallpapers, and with such a cute pattern it is no wonder why!

Best Kid Wallpapers | Milton & King

Hello Berries

We think this ‘Hello Berries’ design is absolutely precious! Perfect for a nursery or a little one’s bedroom, these soft colours and cute animals are pleasing to the eye and work at sparking imagination in young minds. The stunning and intricate design has been beautifully created and is sure to be the perfect choice for many bedrooms.

 

Best Kid Wallpapers | Milton & King

Run Away & Join The Circus

Roll up! Roll up! This wallpaper features all your old favourites from the circus including lions, clowns and elephants. If your child is a lover of visiting the circus when it comes to town, this will be perfect for their bedroom. The bright colors and cute cartoons will captivate them and keep their play time inspired for hours on end.

Best Kid Wallpapers | Milton & King

Sentiments

While this isn’t specifically a kid’s bedroom wallpaper, ‘Sentiments’ is bright, fun and quirky and would be perfect for the bedroom of a growing little boy or girl. It’s colourful, bright and super funky, so it’s perfect for the middle years right through to teens and can be styled a number of different ways.

Best Kid Wallpapers | Milton & King

 

Do you have a favorite from the kids wallpapers above? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Interior Tips

Kids Bedroom Themes? Here Are 6 To Consider!

Struggling to come up with a suitable theme for your child’s bedroom? With an endless number of kids bedroom themes to choose from, here are some of our favourites to help make the decision a little bit easier:

Nautical

An ocean theme is an easy theme to implement. Look at some nautical colours like navy and cream and incorporate them throughout the bedroom… on the walls, in the bed linen, in the book shelves and with some funky wall decor. If you really want to get into the nautical theme, check out our Beach House design with cute whales, shells, and seaweed – it is perfect for this theme! This theme is an easy one because you can go all out with it, or you could keep it subtle and minimal with a splash of nautical colour. Still want more? Consider going for a pirate or mermaid touch with one key object, such as the bed.

Bohemian

Keeping up with the trends, a boho-inspired children’s bedroom is a fast growing styling theme for your little one, and gosh is it adorable! The use of neutral colours like beiges, creams and browns are perfect growing kids who are picky and don’t necessarily want too strong of a theme for their space. The boho-inspired theme is also great for a nursery if you’re keeping the gender of your new addition to the family a surprise. For a stylish touch,  add a teepee in the corner of the room either as a play accessory or to complete the gorgeous bohemian aesthetic.

Fairytale

Do you have a little princess in your life? Try incorporating pinks and silvers into areas of the room to really emphasize the princess theme and transport her to a classic fairytale theme that is fit for a Disney princess . Pink Damask by Muffin & Mani is the perfect wallpaper to include in this gorgeous room, especially if her favourite colour is pink! This vibrant pink design has a subtle print which adds a touch of luxury and class to whatever room it is placed in. Don’t forget to add some crowns as décor pieces, and a touch of sparkle here and there too.

Kid Bedroom Themes | Milton & King

 Superhero

Fighting off criminals and saving the world is what most kids want to do when they grow up, so why not embrace their energy with a superhero theme in their bedroom or playroom? Place some superhero décor items like artworks, comics and action figurines around the room, and add a superhero branded quilt, pillow and sheet sets to complete the look.

 Circus

This theme is perfect for kids who love colour as well as magicians and circus animals. Add bright, eye-catching colours around their bedroom to bring some energy into their room, but remember to keep it a calm and relaxing space too otherwise they won’t get any sleep! Our Run Away & Join The Circus wallpaper would look super cute for a circus themed playroom, with the clowns, elephants and lions making the wallpaper come to life.

Whimsical

Keep it soft and calm in your childs bedroom with pastel decor and a whimsical theme that will help them drift off to sleep with ease each and every night. So, what does a whimsical themed bedroom require? Gorgeous soft toys, cute vintage inspired artworks, your favourite childrens books and of course, a comfy armchair you. Get the full effect of a dreamy, whimsical bedroom using the Yee Von wallpaper design in Bear & Squirrel or the cute Garden Foxes print by Emma’s Ink.

For all 6 of these themes you can go all out or just include references within the bedroom, the choice is yours. If you want some more inspiration for others themes you may love to use, check out Milton & King’s full selection of children wallpapers and browse until your heart is content!